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October Newsletter

We’ve heard loads (seriously loads!) of great news from our members this month; TrustedHousesitters are going from strength-to-strength, they just won 3 Trust Awards, were featured in the Sunday Telegraph and were showcased on USA Today!
Exciting times for Elucidat, their elearning software won a Brandon Hall Award for 'Best advance in content authoring technology' and they’ve just signed Tesco as a new client!
It was fantastic to see so many of our members recognised by The Sunday Times ‘Tech Track 100 Programme’, which profiles the fastest growing private tech.companies in Britain; congratulations to Ideal NetworksBrandwatch ,MPB Group Crunch for making the list!
Also, an extra très bien to Brandwatch; they just launched in France
Well done to Sinage Design, for winning the Innovation in Brand-Focused Graphic Design…’ at The Technology Innovator Awards.
A happy first birthday to our members at Lockcode and The Loft Coworking!
Brilliant news from Brilliant Noise, they’ve announced the acquisition of digital strategy agency, Evolver.
We’ve fingers crossed for Midnight Communications and SEA PR, they’ve both been shortlisted for this year’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Pride Awards.
Great work from Neujuice, who have created a micro-site for the new film ‘Hitting the Apex’ –by Mark Neale.
Also, we saw a lovely new show-reel from Buff Motion, which you can check-out on their Directory listing.
Exciting times for 15below, who recently signed SWISS International Air Lines and Fiji Airways as clients.
Well done to Lambent Productions, their documentary ‘The Special Needs Hotel’ caused the hotel to be ‘overwhelmed' by praise & bookings following its airing last month.
Big news from Lark, their specialism in "Content Design, Editorial and Strategy” has seen them accepted onto the Government's new DS2 Framework, an approved supplier list for the UK public sector.
Exciting times for Jollywise, their work with Nickelodeon UK has been nominated as a finalist for ‘Best Schools and Education Website’, in the 5th Annual Lovie Awards!

….. Remember if you’ve got any news you’d like us to shout about then just drop us an email for inclusion in our next newsletter …

News from Wired Sussex
We’re stoked to announce three new additions to the Wired Sussex team: Stevie Seccombe, who’s on secondment from American Express (thanks guys!) and Jim Byford - they have come on board to offer guidance and support for innovation at the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, whilst Daniel Roberts has also joined as the new Projects and Team Assistant.
In other news we are sad to say good bye to WS Board member Paul Doleman, who's leaving us to join the Board of Manchester City FC. In his place we are we are pleased to welcome Mark Iremonger, who is CEO of iCrossing UK, for full details go to our board here.

Festival Feedback
We hope you enjoyed the Brighton Digital Festival as much as we did here at Wired Sussex, with an amazing 180+ events taking place all across the city, spanning 27 days and reaching not only local but international audiences – we are sure you’ll agree - it was a truly fantastic festival!

Brighton Digital Festival would love to know what you thought of the events you attended or put on and hear any suggestions you might have for improvement, so please take a moment to complete this short survey.

Digital Catapult Centre Brighton: News & Events
Since the launch of the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton – our new collaborative R+D lab for small businesses - we have been running regular taster events to discuss what it does and how it might benefit your business. 
Last week we launched the Retail Innovation strand by looking at how the retail space will be impacted by the Internet of Things.

At the event we heard from local and national experts in the field, viewed case studies, and discussed potential applications for IoT technologies. If you missed it you can catch-up online with all the presentations and discussions here. If you’d like to get involved be sure to join us for the first of our follow-up meetups on the subject.  Find out more and register for a place here
More events on the horizon! 
Over the coming months we’re running a range of events that address key strands within the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton including: the Internet of Things, retail innovation, 5G connectivity and  Gatwick Airport. These events will open up opportunities to engage with the project as well as the other organisations that are involved.
Not sure where to start?
If you’re not sure which events are right for you, or how the different strands of the project could generate opportunities to grow your business, then The Digital Business Breakfast Drop-ins are perfect for you.
At these informal breakfast events you can learn about the opportunities for engaging with and benefiting from the Brighton Catapult, as well as talk to the team about any questions or ideas you may have. The next session is taking place on the 9th October and you can sign up for a place here.

Membership: Did you know?
In our first of a series, here are a couple of quick tips & tricks you can use to get more value from your Wired Sussex membership.
  • Multiple logins: Did you know your membership account allows for multiple personalised logins within a single member business. Just head to the ‘Your login details’ section of the account page and click the green ‘add’ button to assign more people to your membership account.
  • Meta-tags: You can increase your visibility on Google by embedding meta-tags to your directory listing. Just click the ‘Edit your Directory entry’ and look for the ‘Additional Keywords’ box. Oh and remember to comma separate those keywords!
Stay tuned for more on this topic next month, and do get in touch anytime if you’d like to chat about your membership - we’d love to hear from you! 

Digital Exchange  - an innovative approach to improving broadband 
Last week we ran a special event where businesses could learn about the Brighton Digital Exchange (BDX) and hear how a group of local digital businesses are working together, in innovative ways, to improve the digital infrastructure available to the local business community.

If you missed the event you can check out this blog post by Shaun Fensom, Secretary of the BDX, which offers an overview of the project and details how you can get involved.

At the heart of BDX is a cooperatively-owned and run data centre, which is now open for businesses.

So, if you require carrier-neutral co-location for your own servers here in the heart of Brighton, you can join BDX directly and become a co-owner of this state-of-the art facility. Competitive prices for quarter and full racks, with excellent value transit from two suppliers.

Contact or call 01273 488488 for more information.

Wired Sussex Projects Overview
At Wired Sussex we run a portfolio of projects to help the cluster create, innovate and grow. Want to find out more about these projects? We have put together a handy blog post, which includes information on all of our projects, why we think they are important, and how you can benefit. Also, do get in touch if you have any questions about the projects. 

Investigating Blockchain Technologies 
Recently we held an event ‘Investigating Blockchain Technologies’ – looking at their applicability to solving real-world business and organisational problems.

If you missed the event, but are interested in the topic, then you should check out this blog post from Cristiano Solarino, Director at BrightMinded. It provides an overview of the day, including a talk from Vinay Gupta of Ethdev, who discussed the possible political and economic consequences of the Blockchain technology.

XMAS Members Meetup
Yep afraid it's that time of year already, can you believe it? Registration for the Wired Sussex Members' Christmas Meetup is now live!

We’d like to invite all our members along to our big Christmas Members Meetup. Come share in the festive cheer, chat with us and other members, make new contacts within the sector and generally have a good time.

Latest short-term work & project opportunities
A significant benefit of Wired Sussex membership is getting to hear about the latest fixed-term and project work opportunities within the sector, either by networking with other members or by accessing our exclusive projects board.

Anyone - from local boutiques to multinational agencies - can post project details on the board so the projects range greatly, with everything from product photography to e-Commerce platforms builds. However, what they all have in common is a need for digital and media experts. To access the details of each project you must be a Wired Sussex member.

Here’s a couple of the latest: Don’t forget you can add your own Project to our board free of charge!  

Whether you need an agency to design and develop a website, a freelancer to work on a short term project, or even a business partner for a new venture?  We can help so get in touch!

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